Watermelon Dorado
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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From:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Style:
Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,431
ABV:
10%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,688
Avg:
3.45 | pDev: 17.97%
Reviews:
245
Ratings:
706
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 14, 2022
Added:
Jun 23, 2015
Wants:
  28
Gots:
  342
SCORE
79
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Rated: 2.93 by ebanigan

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by mfrogs from New York

1/5  rDev -71%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
The worst beer I've ever had. And I've had a few. 16 oz can at Petco Park. Bubblegum watermelon flavor is dominant at first sip then fades into overwhelming, one-note bitterness. I love fruited IPAs and I love hops and this just made sad.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Todd from California

1.28/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
16oz can. Sample from the brewery.

Pours big, then lands flat. Dorado tries to push through to flex its Imperial IPA muscles, but attempts are shutdown by intense watermelon aromas and flavors that dominate versus complement. Too candy-like, cloying, contrived, and hangs around for way too long. Woke up the next morning regretting trying this beer, because it was still lingering in my mind, body, and soul.

Simply doesn't work. Waste of Dorado, which has a BA Score of 92 right now versus Watermelon Dorado at a 79.
Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours reddish orange with a small white head. Smells of tropical fruit, little bit of watermelon. Tastes of some tropical fruit and citrus, but fake watermelon dominates aftertaste. Beer is medium bodied yet still easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a good beer.
Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from crowler, big head that dissipates to a half finger. Light copper color with fruity nose and definite watermelon, juicy taste. Strong hop presence but doesn't linger too long on the tongue. High AC not upfront and doesn't appear until after a few pulls. A nice change from the ubiquitous hazy, juicy, tropical IPAs...all in all in pretty good combo
Nov 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.27 by DvdP from Netherlands

Oct 04, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
April 15th, 2016 - Ballast Point has started with experimental fruit flavors, and I don't think I care for this new trend in brewing curiosity. It's pleasant enough on the nose, with a juicy aroma, and a slightly candied smell. But the hops in the flavor and the watermelon fruit are confused and muddied and also at each other's throats. The semi-sweetness in the flavor is, by itself, too sugary but it's clash with the other elements of the brew make this an ill-advised purchase.
Sep 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled January 2016; drank 2/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; nice lace.

Watermelon & strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Watermelon & sweet strawberry flavors up front; dry wheat & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Fruit forward but nicely balanced; this would be dangerously drinkable on a hot summer day.
Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 1.25 by AnotherDisease from California

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Copper hazy with a pink tinge, moderate carbonation and a finger of yellow head.

Smells of malts, citrus, a hint of watermelon, caramel and pine.

Tastes of watermelon, creme brulee, pine, and deep dank double ipa notes.

Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it, Feb 1st, 2019. Decent, different, and makes you think.
Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Tacoma223 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice smell, nice color and good foamy head. Taste is of watermelon and a nice hoppy iPa. The aftertaste is where it goes wrong, very off bitter taste but not undrinkable. This would be a nice summer ipa and has a nice amount of ABV so all you would need is a few. I cannot see me sitting and drinking more than 2 in a sitting.
Jan 29, 2019
 
Rated: 2.68 by mg97 from Mississippi

Jan 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.46 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Maillard from Ohio

Sep 21, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by Gobstopper15 from California

Sep 06, 2018
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Rated by Joshevans from New Jersey

2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Just not for me. Too sweet. Doesn’t taste much like beer, but guess I should have expected this from watermelon.
Aug 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Nathan419 from Ohio

Jul 30, 2018
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Rated by Avitra from California

4.51/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pretty much, the perfect summer IPA.
Jul 29, 2018
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aroma is like pop rocks watermellon with a 7-Up mashup. Apperance is copper with 1 finger head. Flavor is bitter carmel with a slight melon finish. There is a distinct alcohol burn - not exactly masked as with other DIPAs - just sayin. Not overly hopped but definitely a big beer. Not a bad DIPA - a nice beer nonetheless.
Jul 25, 2018
 
Rated: 1 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Want to take a solid west coast double ipa and ruin it? Look no further! What I liked about the base dorado was the balanced combination of hops and malty flavors. This feels like all the complexity is now buried under a shellac of fake watermelon. Too much watermelon! Feel even suffers from the shellac
Jun 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by mrcraft from California

Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by npdevil27 from Massachusetts

Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Marvicsin from California

Jun 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.33 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Apr 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by raybegleiter from California

Feb 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.34 by CaptainHate from Ohio

Feb 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Jan 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jan 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.58 by Beerocraft from Thailand

Jan 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.31 by Arseel from Illinois

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.58 by Jarrettperez from South Carolina

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.07 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 2.51 by valence from Vermont

Dec 11, 2017
 
Rated: 1.81 by JoeyJellico from Kentucky

Dec 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.35 by BayAreaJoe from California

Nov 28, 2017
Watermelon Dorado from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 951 ratings